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Malaysian Airlines have introduced daily direct flights between Male’, Maldives and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, starting from 1st September 2010. Passengers going to Maldives now do not have to transit at Colombo, Sri Lanka. The arrangement for the return flight is also the same.

The change is brought to address the growing demand of travel between Malaysia and Maldives. In addition to that, this would also facilitate the increasing of arrival of Chinese tourists to Maldives. “We decided to increase the flights due to the increasing demand. The introduction of direct flights is due to the complaints we have been receiving from Maldivians, as the passengers have to stop at Sri Lanka. The increase in the number of tourists coming to the Maldives from China is also one reason,” an official of the airline said.
According to the new schedule for Friday-Wednesday, the Malaysian/Maldives flight will depart from Malaysia at 21:55 Malaysian time and will land in the Maldives at 23:05 local time. While the flight will depart from the Maldives at 23:50, it will land in Malaysia at 07:10 Malaysian time.The flight on Thursday will depart from Kuala Lampur at 23:00 Malaysian time and will land in the Maldives at 00:10 local time. The flight will depart from the Maldives at 1am local time and will arrive in Kuala Lampur at 8:20 Malaysian time. 

India’s film industry, Bollywood, could help revive the Indian sector of Maldives’ tourism market, according to State Tourism Minister Thoyyib Mohamed. If a collaboration with Bollywood was achieved, the currently fledgling Indian sector of the Maldives tourism market “will definitely increase,” he said.

He dismissed recent media reports that an island from Maldives was already up on offer for Bollywood and clarified that “no island had yet been earmarked for such an endeavor.” An earlier attempt this year to woo Bollywood did not materialize, he said, and despite the proximity of the Maldives, the idea of a Bollywood island in Maldives still remain "only a concept,” the State Minister added.
Thoyyib said that such an island would be offered if Bollywood producers forward a proposal that will be beneficial to all parties and would actually meet the requirements of such a studio complex: an earlier document of the Maldives government says that such an island must include entertainment complexes, a theme park/amusement island, multiplex cinema complexes, musical facilities and should be a film-friendly island, dedicated to film shoots providing resources, state of the art equipment, resort style accommodation and other amenities for production teams, cast and crews producing feature films, documentaries, telemovies, mini-series, TV series, commercials, and music videos. 

Conrad Maldives have converted its underwater “Ithaa” restaurant at the Maldives Rangali Island resort into a honeymoon suite beneath the waves. The domed “reverse aquarium” usually seats a dozen diners and provides breathtaking views of exotic sea life including sting rays, parrot fish and blue-striped snapper.

However, to celebrate the hotel’s fifth anniversary, it has converted the room to accommodate a double bed, making it one of the most indulgent bridal suites on the market. Guests are also treated to a complimentary champagne breakfast in the morning. Customers are advised to request the room at least 14 days in advance.
 

Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism has put up for tender three islands that are
tobe developed into resorts. Huivani and Raafushi from Noonu atoll and
Dhigalifrom Raa atoll are to be leased for 25 years to be developed into
resortswith 200 beds each.

The Ministry has also decided that parties which propose less than 4million
dollars as acquisition cost will not qualify for the bidding processas the
three islands are to be leased with a view to acquire income forthe
Maldives’ Housing Fund that aims to alleviate housing scarcity for thelocal
population. The Ministry will also take US$2,700 as bed rent duringthe
first 10-year lease period.
Bidding documents for the threeislands will be sold until 29 September
2010. A pre-bid meeting forinterested parties are to be held on 15
September 2010. Bidders are requiredto place 500,000 dollars as bank
guarantee.

Cathay Pacific Airways has appointed Andrew Pattison as Country Manager for Maldives and Sri Lanka and Maldives. Pattison brings years of experience and expertise at the airlines hub, Hong Kong, to build and promote operations.

Pattison's current duties as Country Manager  will be to promote Maldives and Sri Lanka as business and tourism destinations. Cathay Pacific recently hosted an event for the airline's affiliated travel partners to provide an opportunity to bid farewell to former Country Manager, John Holden and welcome Andrew Pattison. Ms. Ruhan Abbas, Sales and Marketing Manager for Cathay Pacific Airways related that "this created an environment for us to say goodbye and show our appreciation for John Holden's work as well as a chance to introduce Andrew Pattison to our travel partners".
Pattison studied Natural Sciences (Chemistry) at Cambridge University, where he received his MSci and MA. In 2005 he joined John Swire & Sons Overseas Ltd. and immediately seconded to Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong. Previous experience at Cathay Pacific Airways includes duties as Airline Planning Officer (Hong Kong) in 2005-6, Assistant to Country Manager India, Bangladesh and Nepal (Mumbai), Executive Assistant to Chief Executive in 2007-8 (Hong Kong), Business Improvement Manager in 2008-10 (Hong Kong) and presently as Country Manager to Maldives and Sri Lanka. 

This August, after a nerve-wracking 54-day incubation period, Hilton MaldivesIru Fushi Resort & Spa was proud to welcome a batch of newly hatched GreenSea Turtles to the world. Emerging from eggs buried beneath the powdery whitesand of the resort’s private beach, the rare and beautiful event was eagerlyawaited by staff and guests alike.

“Sea turtles are among the world’s most ancient and serene creatures,” saidGeneral Manager Jean-Sebastien Kling. “We are very proud to be the chosen hotelof this endangered animal and took all precautions possible to ensure that asmany of our ‘guests’ made their way to their ocean home aspossible.”
With a thousand-to-one chance of newborns surviving toadulthood, sea turtles are extremely endangered. After hatching at night, theyhead blindly towards the sea, guided solely by instinct. Without support, as fewas one in ten will survive to see sunrise, predated by opportunistic animals.For this reason with the help of specialist advice, Hilton Maldives Iru FushiResort & Spa took steps to ensure their safety; including sign-posting thenesting site to make certain the eggs were not trampled.
When the babyturtles began to hatch, team members collected the newborns and transported thembeyond the resort’s busy lagoon, safeguarding their passage across theactivity-filled beach. Once in open water, approximately 60 baby turtles weregradually released into the clear-blue ocean; with staff looking on as theyquickly swam towards freedom.
Female sea turtles, once matured, return tothe same nesting ground in order to lay their eggs. It is hoped that the resortwill be able to welcome the turtles home, albeit in 30 or so years!

  

Crown Tours Maldives is pleased to inform that we will be taking part in theforthcoming Luxury Leisure 2010 to be held in Russia, Moscow from the 21st  to23th September 2010.

Luxury Leisure Moscow is Russia's only International Trade Fair exclusivelydedicated to Luxury Travel, which has become an industry of its own and isbooming in Russia. It will bring together luxury travel trade buyers from allover Russia & the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) withinternational luxury travel suppliers.

If you wish to arrange appointments, please contact us via e-mail to sales@crowntoursmaldives.com.Furthermore, we would highly appreciate if you could take some time off yourbusy schedule to visit us at:
IEC Crocus Expo, Moscow
Dates: 20th –24th January 2010
Stand Number: Pavilion 1, Hall 1, 1B503
Crown ToursMaldives will be represented at the 5th Luxury Leisure by Mr. Ally Ahmed,Director Marketing and Ms. Nadhira Ahmed, Sales Executive. It would be ourpleasure to welcome you at our stand and offer you any assistancerequired!
 

Picturesque Maldives got only 15,850 of India's estimated 10 million outboundtourists in 2009. However, that is set to change as online travel company MakeMy Trip has teamed up with the Maldives Tourism Ministry to offer affordablepackages for Indians to the Maldives. Mumbai is also to get linked to Gan insouthern Maldives through charter flights that will commence operations fromOctober 2.

“Later, we plan to add flights to capital Male' and link other Indian metros,perhaps Delhi, also. Kingfisher will be operating these charter flights for us,”said Keyur Joshi, COO and co-founder, Make My Trip. The starting price for thespecial promotional packages valid till February 2011 is Rs 29,999 for athree-night stay at the newly developed Hera Thera resort in Maldives'southernmost Addu atoll where Gan is located. “With this initiative, we plan tofly in 6,000 Indians into Maldives,” said Joshi. The Tourism Ministry pointedout that Gan, which is all set to host the next SAARC summit, was an interestingplace boasting a World War II British air base and lying south of equator. Allthose who come here get a certificate saying they have crossed theequator.
Hundred per cent FDI in Maldives' tourism is now allowed.However, as Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, High Commissioner to the Maldives, rues:“Indians have invested in healthcare and education but in tourism, I say, we areonly 2 per cent investors with only two of the 100-odd island resorts heredeveloped by an Indian company – the Taj group.” By attracting more Indians intotheir lovely archipelago, the Maldives Government clearly hopes to generateinvestment interest from its biggest neighbour too.
 

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